The bags are packed and I'm ready to go. This afternoon, Stu and I will be in Boston to begin Charlotte's graduation festivities. I am so excited to see my girls that I could barely sleep. I think I figured out the packing thing- my wardrobe graduation capsule really helped. I referred to it when I was tempted to throw in that extra dress or buy something at the last minute! The weather forecast is great- warm with no rain. That is very good news as there will be 12 of us there to watch Charlotte get her diploma and if it rains, only 4 would get inside. Wonder how we would choose?
There are moments in life where you just have to sit back and take a deep breath and be thankful. This is one of them. For any single moms out there who are reading this, have faith, you can do it. My girls' father and I were divorced when Charlotte was only 8. I was so scared and it was hard to imagine that things would turn out okay, let alone great. It wasn't always easy but I can tell you this. God was faithful to me and my kids. I wasn't a perfect mom. I made mistakes. I cried a lot, yelled more than I wish I did, and stumbled my way through some dark times feeling my way when I couldn't see any light ahead of me. I wish I had had someone who had been through it to tell me that it will be okay. My girls will be okay. In fact, they will be better than okay. Just keep moving forward, doing the best you can every day. Keep your heart open and have faith. Don't bash their father and try to get along. The effort you make to do that will pay dividends in your children that make everything worthwhile. And pray. Everyday. Because it is only by the grace of God that bad things can turn out good.
Boston, here we come!